France's legendary Route Nationale or RN7 is an A road running through Vaucluse and linking Paris to the Mediterranean. As northern workers piled into the family car to head south every summer, it became synonymous with holidays, the right to paid leave, and traffic jams! Nostalgia buffs and anyone curious about French social history will enjoy this dedicated RN7 museum in Piolenc.
In the blink of an eye, the museum takes you back in time, thanks to a multitude of familiar objects on display: cars, billboards from its heyday, scooters, petrol pumps etc. Old vehicles play their part, of course, but you’ll also find lesser known elements of life and economic activity that you can discover along the route. Piolenc, for example, which took advantage of its opportunistic location to sell brooms for which it has long been famous.